underworld

noun un·der·world \ ˈən-dər-ˌwərld \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of underworld

1 : the place of departed souls : hades
2 archaic : earth
3 : the side of the earth opposite to one : antipodes
4 : a social sphere below the level of ordinary life
  • the town's seedy underworld
; especially : the world of organized crime

Examples of underworld in a Sentence

  1. a magazine article taking an insightful look at the underworld inhabited by street people

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First Known Use of underworld

1598

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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UNDERWORLD Defined for English Language Learners

underworld

Definition of underworld for English Language Learners

  • : the world of crime and criminals

  • the underworld : the place where dead people go in Greek myths


UNDERWORLD Defined for Kids

underworld

noun un·der·world \ ˈən-dər-ˌwərld \

Definition of underworld for Students

: the world of crime


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